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Study Suggests Correlation Between Heart Health and Optimism, so smile more & live longer

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

SMILE & MAKE YOUR HEART HAPPY & LIVE LONGER

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People whose glasses are half-full are reportedly twice as likely to have healthy hearts, according to a new study published in the Health Behavior and Policy Review journal.

“Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts,” said Rosalba Hernandez, the lead author of the study and social work professor at the University of Illinois. “This association remains significant, even after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics and poor mental health.”

The study took stock of more than 5,000 adults’ cardiovascular health and general outlook on life over the course of 11 years, beginning in July 2000. Blood pressure, body mass index, dietary intake, physical activity, tobacco use, cholesterol and blood glucose all factored into an individual subject’s heart health analysis.

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Research subjects, all between the ages of 45 and 84 years old, also completed surveys to gauge their self-reported levels of optimism and general states mental health. The study found that those with the highest self-reported levels of optimism were about twice as likely to score strongly in terms of cardiovascular health.

The optimists in the study were found to have better blood sugar and cholesterol levels than their more negative counterparts. Optimism also correlated with higher levels of physical activity, healthier body mass indexes and lower rates of smoking.

The study was conducted by professors from Indiana, Northwestern, Chapman, Harvard and Drexel universities and funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Center for Research Resources. Its findings contribute to a growing pool of research suggesting correlation between physical health and mental and emotional wellbeing.

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Time cites a 2012 Harvard study suggesting a link between “positive psychological well-being” and reduced rates of heart disease and stroke. That particular study acknowledges that psychological well-being is “a broad concept” but ultimately found that, out of a series of psychological indicators, “optimism is most robustly associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular events.”

A separate 2011 study found that “satisfaction in most life domains was associated with reduced “coronary heart disease risk.”

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OLDEST MAN ON THE PLANET QUIETLY ACHIEVES A MILESTONE IN LONGEVITY

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

WHO IS THE OLDEST MAN ON EARTH

Jiroemon Kimura, a 115-year-old Japanese man born when Queen Victoria still reigned over the British Empire, became the oldest man in recorded history on Friday, Guinness World Records said.

Kimura, of Kyotango, western Japan, was born April 19, 1897, in the 30th year of the Meiji era, according to London-based Guinness. That makes him 115 years and 253 days as of today, breaking the longevity record for men held by Christian Mortensen of California, who died in 1998 at the age of 115 years and 252 days. The oldest woman in recorded history, Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, died in 1997 at the age of 122.

“He has an amazingly strong will to live,” Kimura’s nephew Tamotsu Miyake, 80, said in an interview. “He is strongly confident that he lives right and well.”

Kimura is among 22 Japanese people on a list of the world’s 64 oldest people compiled by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, highlighting the challenges facing Japan as its population ages. A combination of the world’s highest life expectancy, the world’s second-largest public debt and a below- replacement birthrate is straining the nation’s pension system, prompting the government to curb payouts, raise contributions and delay the age of eligibility.

Japan’s average life expectancy at birth is 83 years, a figure projected to exceed 90 for women by 2050. The number of Japanese centenarians rose 7.6 per cent from a year earlier to 51,376 as of September, and there are 40 centenarians per 100,000 people in the country, which has the world’s highest proportion of elderly, according to Japan’s health ministry.

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Kimura became the world’s oldest currently living person on December 17, when 115-year-old Dina Manfredini of Iowa died, according to Guinness and the Gerontology Research Group. Manfredini was born 15 days before Kimura.

Kimura was in a hospital this morning, Yasuhiro Kawato, head of the section for elderly welfare at Kyotango’s city hall, said by phone.

“His condition has improved, and we’re not worried, but the doctors said it would be best if he stayed in the hospital into the new year,” Kawato said.
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The world’s second-oldest living person, Japanese woman Koto Okubo, turned 115 on December 24.

Kimura is only the third man in history to reach 115 years of age, Guinness said in a statement today. He’s one of just four male super-centenarians, or people aged 110 or more, currently known to be alive, the organisation said.

“To be able to present Mr Kimura his second Guinness World Records title is truly an honour,” Guinness Editor-in- Chief Craig Glenday said in the statement. “Kimura-san is an exceptional person.”

Kimura lives with his grandson’s widow, Eiko Kimura, in a two-story wooden house he built in the 1960s. Eiko wakes him up every day at 7:30 am and takes him by wheelchair to a dining room for breakfast consisting of porridge and miso soup with potatoes and vegetables. He has never suffered from serious diseases, can communicate and spends most of his time in bed, Eiko said.

“Grandpa is positive and optimistic,” she said. “He becomes cheerful when he has guests. He’s well with a good appetite. Even when he falls ill, I can tell he’ll recover.”
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Kimura, the third of six children, was born as Kinjiro Miyake in Kamiukawa, a fishing and farming village sandwiched between the mountains and the Sea of Japan. His parents, Morizo and Fusa Miyake, were farmers who grew rice and vegetables.

Only two years earlier, Japan’s success in the First Sino-Japanese War had established the nation as the dominant power in East Asia. Less than a year after Kimura was born, the sinking of the US battleship Maine in Havana Harbour would trigger the Spanish-American War.

According to Kimura’s nephew Tamotsu, the 115-year-old’s birthday is actually March 19. Records say he was born April 19 because an official misprinted the month when records from merging towns were consolidated in 1955, the nephew said

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After finishing school at the age of 14 as the second-best student in his class, Kimura worked at local post offices for 45 years until his retirement in 1962 at the age of 65. He also worked at a government communication unit in Korea in the 1920s, when the peninsula was under Japanese rule, and returned to marry his neighbour Yae Kimura.

As his wife’s family didn’t have a male heir, he changed his name to Jiroemon Kimura, making him the ninth person in the family to bear the name. Since retiring, he has enjoyed reading newspapers and watching sumo wrestling on television. He sometimes helped his son farm until he was about 90 years old, Eiko Kimura said.

Kimura was a disciplined, serious man when he was younger, Miyake said. Even when he drank with his brothers, he would sit straight and keep quiet, Miyake said.

His wife, Yae, died 34 years ago at the age of 74. Four of Kimura’s five siblings lived to be more than 90 years old, and his youngest brother, Tetsuo, died at 100, Miyake said. Kimura’s living descendants include five children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

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THE SECRET OF WHY WOMEN LIVE LONGER THAN MEN SAY UNIVERSITY FINDINGS

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

WOMEN LIVE LONGER THAN MEN & THIS IS WHY THEY SAY

THE reason women live roughly four years longer than men in a place like Australia is not solely down to their reduced rate of obesity, risky behaviour and smoking. According to research published today, it’s down to genetics.

Both men and women have mitochondrial DNA but researchers from Monash University in Melbourne and Lancaster University in Britain found only females were immune to mutations carried in the mitochondria, which is found in every cell of the body.

This ”evolutionary quirk” means males are more susceptible to the mutations, negatively affecting their life expectancy.
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”A significant genetic difference in lifespan between men and women can be traced back to the mitochondria,” said the Monash University evolutionary biologist Damian Dowling.

”This difference is not caused by hormonal differences between the sexes, such as testosterone in males, or to risk-taking behaviour. It’s genetic.”

The Bureau of Statistics says a girl born today can expect to live to almost 84 while a boy is expected to live to 80.

Mitochondria are found around the nucleus of cells. Often described as the powerhouse of cells because of their responsibility for producing energy, mitochondria have also been tied to the ageing process.

While both sexes have mitochondrial DNA, only the mother passes it on to her children.

”It’s this strict maternal inheritance of mitochondria that has allowed mutations to creep in to mitochondrial genes that are harmful to males, while having no simultaneous effect on the female of the species,” Dr Dowling said.

Published in Current Biology, the study took into account the obvious tendency for men to lead riskier lifestyles than women.

”When we take out those factors, there are genetic mutations which are tied to early male ageing and these same mutations have no effect on females.”
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THE REGENERATION OF THE HUMAN HEART & THE REGULAR REPLACEMENT OF BODY PARTS AS THEY WEAR OUT

Friday, August 13th, 2010


Cell reprogramming breakthrough could mend broken hearts

Heart disease remains one the biggest killers in the Western world. When a heart attack or heart failure occurs, permanent damage often results, destroying live cells and leaving the patient with irreversible scarring. Now scientists at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease (GICD) have discovered a new technique to create healthy beating heart cells from structural cells, opening up the possibility of regenerating damaged hearts. Read More

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FRUIT SMOOTHIES ARE GREAT FOR YOUR LONGEVITY

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

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Boost Your Health With A Super Smoothie

One of the most delicious super foods that provides amazing health benefits is a smoothie made with fresh and frozen fruit, raw nuts, rice milk, ice and one or two of your favorite vegetables thrown in. Why can this be considered a super food? Because these smoothies can provide all the fiber, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy oils and phytochemicals your body should have during the day. Plus, you can get half or more of your daily fruit and vegetable servings in a single meal.

Try a combination of three fresh and one frozen fruit from the following scrumptious choices…

  • Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Mango slices
  • Pineapple chunks (fresh)
  • Craisins
  • Dates
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Bananas

Now you could add in half of an avocado for more healthy fat and protein… almonds or macadamia nuts… red pepper for a nice fresh twist… or a handful of fresh spinach leaves to provide you with plenty of chlorophyll. And if you want to add a little extra flavor, put a little stevia natural sweetener into the blender along with your other all-natural ingredients. What a tasty way to do something great for your health

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DRINK COFFEE & LIVE LONGER – STUDY FINDS

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Coffee Drinkers Have Slightly Lower

Death Rates, Study Finds

Science (June 17, 2008) — A new study has good news for coffee drinkers: Regular coffee drinking (up to 6 cups per day) is not associated with increased deaths in either men or women. In fact, both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee consumption is associated with a somewhat smaller rate of death from heart disease.


“Coffee consumption has been linked to various beneficial and detrimental health effects, but data on its relation with death were lacking,” says Esther Lopez-Garcia, PhD, the study’s lead author. “Coffee consumption was not associated with a higher risk of mortality in middle-aged men and women. The possibility of a modest benefit of coffee consumption on heart disease, cancer, and other causes of death needs to be further investigated.”

Women consuming two to three cups of caffeinated coffee per day had a 25 percent lower risk of death from heart disease during the follow-up period (which lasted from 1980 to 2004 and involved 84,214 women) as compared with non-consumers, and an 18 percent lower risk of death caused by something other than cancer or heart disease as compared with non-consumers during follow-up. For men, this level of consumption was associated with neither a higher nor a lower risk of death during the follow-up period (which lasted from 1986 to 2004 and involved 41,736 men).

The researchers analyzed data of 84,214 women who had participated in the Nurses’ Health Study and 41,736 men who had participated in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. To be in the current study, participants had to have been free of cancer and heart disease at the start of those larger studies.

The study participants completed questionnaires every two to four years that included questions about how frequently they drank coffee, other diet habits, smoking, and health conditions. The researchers then compared the frequency of death from any cause, death due to heart disease, and death due to cancer among people with different coffee-drinking habits.

Among women, 2,368 deaths were due to heart disease, 5,011 were due to cancer, and 3,716 were due to another cause. Among men, 2,049 deaths were due to heart disease, 2,491 were due to cancer, and 2,348 were due to another cause.

While accounting for other risk factors, such as body size, smoking, diet, and specific diseases, the researchers found that people who drank more coffee were less likely to die during the follow-up period. This was mainly because of lower risk for heart disease deaths among coffee drinkers.

The researchers found no association between coffee drinking and cancer deaths. These relationships did not seem to be related to caffeine because people who drank decaffeinated coffee also had lower death rates than people who did not drink coffee.

The editors of Annals of Internal Medicine caution that the design of the study does not make it certain that coffee decreases the chances of dying sooner than expected. Something else about coffee drinkers might be protecting them. And some measurement error in the assessment of coffee consumption is inevitable because estimated consumption came from self-reports.

This study was supported by National Institutes of Health research grants.

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